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Jerod Mayo on D&C: Brandon Meriweather hit ‘changed game’ vs. Ravens

10.22.10 at 7:28 am ET
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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show early Friday morning for his weekly appearance and spent much of the conversation discussing the head-hits controversy. Mayo said the team watched the league’s video on how to avoid such hits.

“We have seen it,” he said. “We didn’t really learn anything new. We knew not to launch, not to lead with your head, things like that.”

However, Mayo did admit it can be difficult to avoid contact with the head. “It’s kind of hard hitting a moving target when you’re running full speed and he’s running full speed,” he said. “You’ve kind of got to aim a little lower now.”

Mayo predicted a player somewhere will draw the ire of the league office this weekend. “I think so,” he said. “I think it will take a little time to adjust to the new rules. I think we’ll get a suspension this week somewhere.”

Asked if he considered walking away from the NFL like Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Mayo said: “No thought at all. It’s a great job. You just have to change the way you play a little bit.”

Talking about teammate Brandon Meriweather‘s hit on Ravens tight end Todd Heap last Sunday, Mayo said the hit did have an affect on the game. “I wouldn’t say it gave us a spark, but at the same time, it kind of kept them out of the middle of the field, and that’s what we needed,” he said, adding: “That hit kind of changed the game a little bit. Yeah, I would say that.”

Looking at Sunday’s opponent, Mayo said the Patriots expect to get the Chargers team that has been a force at its home stadium, as opposed to the one that has struggled on the road. “That Chargers team is like night and day. That home team is great,” he said, adding: “It’s a tough trip. It’s a six-hour flight. That’s why we’re leaving a day early.

Asked to describe his game’s strong points, Mayo said: “Being able to diagnose plays and sift through traffic and make some tackles, to be honest with you. Some people can’t really diagnose the plays fast enough, and they’ll be a step behind.”

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